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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackerel Beach

June 10, 2019

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater




Scotland Island Traffic Management Plan – Information Session and Opportunity to Comment

Thank you to those who provided comment during our recent engagement on the draft Scotland Island Traffic Management Plan (TMP). Following your feedback we’ve revised the draft TMP, with the amendments below:
  • vehicle weight for controlled access has been amended from 2.5 tonne to 4.5 GVM
  • stipulating a $40 fee per vehicle permit (for vehicles on the island)
  • inclusion of a sliding scale and/or bond for the businesses using large vehicles to service the community.

Information session

You are invited to attend an information session on the revised TMP:
Where: Rural Fire Service Shed
When:  10am–12 noon, Saturday, 15th June

Make a comment

Full details are available on the project page.

Comments close Tuesday, 18th June, 2019

Northern Beaches Council Visit to the Island

On 9th May, Ray Brownlee, Chief Executive Officer, Trish Chaney, Community Liaison Co-ordinator, and Phil Devon, Manager Transport Network visited the island at SIRA’s invitation. During a tour in the community vehicle they experienced island terrain and road and drainage conditions. Then they and Councillor Ian White joined four members of the SIRA Committee at a meeting during which we discussed various issues the island is facing, including future plans for Church Point, longer-term budgeting for roads and drainage maintenance and capital works and the escalating costs of the Council permits which enable access to our homes.

Proposed 2019-20 Fees for Church Point Parking and Commuter and Island Wharves Permits

As a result of the Council visit to the island, SIRA and West Pittwater Community Association met with NBC's Director of Finance last week to discuss Council’s proposed 2019-20 permit fees for car parking and boat tie-ups (these can be viewed here: https://yoursay.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/43719/documents/103743; pages 3, 4 & 64 are the most relevant).

We put forward a proposal to reduce current permit charges in 2019-20, and from then on to increase fees by CPI adjustment only. We argued a strong case for fairness for the offshore community, in line with the original partnership agreement with Pittwater Council and the Church Point Plan of Management. In support of our case we provided financial modelling that shows that no increases to current permit fees are necessary. NBC Finance agreed to look again at their budget for the permits.

Automated Water Booking System

This is probably the most complex grant project SIRA has ever undertaken. It is progressing very well thanks to the effective management of the contractor, the knowledgeable feedback, flexibility and patience of our Water Monitors, Nikki Gibson, Ian Laughton-Smith, Jay Savage and Nadine O’Mara, and the generally positive response of our community. Thank you for your support and co-operation so far.

The Project Working Group is continuing to work on the system to make it as user-friendly as possible. Stage 3 will be implemented shortly. The valves and meters at Bell Wharf will be automated and housed inside a cabinet, meaning you will no longer have to read the meter at Bell Wharf.

Hall and Kindergarten Mural and Storage Project

Nettie Lodge and helpers have been working hard on the painting of the mural on a wall of the Kindergarten. Next will be the Hall wall. Thank you very much to Northern Beaches Council for painting the primer coat on the walls and to Sean Cavanaugh for donating paints and tints. Thank you also to the Rural Fire Service for providing and erecting tarpaulins over the walls to protect the paint.

SIRA Recreation Club

We held our inaugural event, an International Folk Dancing Evening hosted by Branko and Annabelle Kristevic in the Community Hall on 25th May. There was an excellent turnout of around 50 people. A big thank you to all involved in making this event such a huge success. Another International Folk Dancing Evening is planned for Saturday, 29th June. Look for details around the island soon!

The next Recreation Club event is a Young Musicians Concert on Saturday, 15th June at 2pm in the Community Hall.

Colin Haskell
SIRA President


Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade - AGM

Sunday 16th June 2019

This is a reminder that the 2019 AGM will take place at the Fire Station on Sunday 16th June 2019 commencing at 2:00pm.

Our AGM is an important event because this is where we reflect back on what the Brigade has achieved in the last 12 months and elect field officers and administration roles responsible for the ongoing operation of the Brigade for the next year. 

All members and supporters are encouraged to attend and participate.

The meeting will be followed by drinks and a light lunch, provided by the brigade.

Please RSVP by registering, click here : Annual General Meeting 2019

Annual memberships ($20) are due for renewal on 1st June:
  • If you have paid your invoice - thank you
  • If you have not paid your invoice - please pay before the AGM
  • Alternatively if you did not receive an invoice you can pay by clicking here: SIRFB Membership Payment 2019
  • We would prefer online payment but you can always pay at the AGM (cash or EFTPOS).
If you have not logged or have forgotten your password you can reset your password: https://sirfb.org.au/Sys/ResetPasswordRequest

Kind Regards,
Geoff Bullock
Secretary, SIRFB


Scotland Island Water and Wastewater Commercial Feasibility Study 2018

Here is a link to the updated Your Say pag

Working Group discusses the options assessment

7 days ago
The community working group for the Scotland Island water and wastewater commercial feasibility study met on Saturday 25 May 2019 to discuss progress with the options assessment for the study. The meeting was attended by Northern Beaches Council and Pressure System Solutions, who are carrying out the study.

A high level review of environmental factors is complete and has helped inform preparation of a longlist of options for both water and wastewater systems on the island. These options were put through an assessment process, which resulted in a shortlist of two water and two wastewater options. The community working group agreed that these options should be taken forward to the commercial feasibility study.

An update is provided in the documents list on this page that runs through the assessment process and the shortlisted options. A meeting record is also available on the documents page.


Afternoon with Young Musicians


Scotland Island Community Hall

Saturday 15 June, 2.00 – 4.30pm

Please let David Richards or Robyn Iredale (rriredale@gmail.com) now if you want to perform.
Family and friends are invited to enjoy the music/dance/song.

Please bring plate, drinks and gold coin.

E-Safety Commissioner Talk At Newport



This presentation will provide an overview of how people use technology and the risks they may be exposed to.
Participants will be given practical information to support conversations and safety measures and strategies for the safe use of the internet will be explained with useful links to the Office’s eSafety resources provided.

This is an important and official visit from the eSafety Commissioner and we urge you to find the time to attend.

Date: Tuesday 18th of June 2019
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Address: The Boulevarde, Newport

HOSTED BY: AVPALS - Avalon Computer Pals Inc. Afternoon Tea will be provided.

Looking to House Sit from August 8 to 26

My sons and I need to get out of our  Island home for 19 nights in August and we are super keen for the unknown and the adventure that this offers.

If you need a house/ pet sitter from August 8th - August 26th we would love to do this for you.
I have been an island resident for 19 years and I am very reliable :-)

Shona and Joel (12) and Emile (9)
mble: 0401798869


My life jacket blew off the jetty in the big winds a week ago.

It's one of the old style ones... red and yellow with a zip front.
It was in a plastic zipped bag.

If anyone found it please call Sophie


Josh of All Trades!

Josh has been working for me on and off for a few years on the island.
He's British, an all round nice guy and a very hard worker.
Josh is back from his travels in mid June and is looking for work on the island and in the bays.
He can do pretty much anything, labouring, various building and renovating jobs, gardening and landscaping, weeding, painting, etc etc.

If you need any jobs done give me a call or email and I will pass it on.


Wanted to buy … a home on the island

We are currently renting on the island, having sold our mainland family home last year.
As our children have fled the nest we are looking for a smaller home where we can enjoy the peace of this beautiful part of the world. Our lease ends in November but if you are not yet quite ready to sell, we are willing to wait for the right home and continue renting for a while.

We would love a home with lots of privacy and natural light, close to a ferry and to the water if possible.
It would be great to hear from you if you would like to talk further about the possibilities.

0414 530 240

Jean Paul
0425 252 593

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